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Shepherd Resting in a Clearing

A work made of etching printed in relief on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching printed in relief on ivory wove paper.




Henri Joseph Harpignies
French, 1819-1916

About this artwork

While most etchings are created in the intaglio process whereby the etched lines hold ink, in this print by Harpignies, the work is printed like a woodcut, a relief process. Here the surface of the plate was covered with black ink and printed as a relief so that the etched lines, which do not hold ink, appear white. This was an unusual process to be used in the nineteenth century and was likely done by the artist as a technical experiment.


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Henri Joseph Harpignies


Shepherd Resting in a Clearing


France (Artist's nationality)

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Made 1849


Etching printed in relief on ivory wove paper


Plate: 25.9 × 20.5 cm (10 1/4 × 8 1/8 in.); Sheet: 30.5 × 22 cm (12 1/16 × 8 11/16 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Albert and Miss Alice Roullier

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